Shark Tagging Program

The shark tagging program includes tagging of sharks with acoustic and satellite tags, deploying acoustic loggers around Palau’s reefs, collecting measurements and DNA samples from tagged sharks. In coordination with the Attorney General's office of the Republic of Palau, further information is obtained through DNA samples from confiscated shark fins.

The photos below demonstrate the tagging process which begins with fishing for bait fish.

We then catch the shark using the bait fish, usually bonita; bringing the shark on board the vessel, which can be a challenge; making a 2" incision in the shark's belly to insert the tag; collecting DNA samples; gathering measurements and other pertinent data; and then releasing the shark back into the ocean unharmed.

 

Below is a video documenting the process of swapping out the trasmitters we use to track the sharks.
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